President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Wednesday delivered a lecture to a group of Nigerian Military officers who called on him at State House, Entebbe.
The group, led by Brig Gen Bolaji Nicodemus Salami, had sought Museveni’s guidance and views on the question of counter-insurgency and national security.
“On fighting insurgency, the army must have zonal forces that guard the population,” Museveni told them.
He said the mobile forces, on the other hand, should hunt the enemy while doing intelligence gathering too.
“It is important for air and land forces to be well-equipped with ammunition and tools to locate terrorists.”
Tactics like flooding an area suspected to harbour terrorists can also be effective, Museveni said.
“All this, however, is only effective if you have a disciplined army.”
The army should never brutalise the civilian population, he further warned the officials.
“When we were fighting, we had a code; you kill a civilian, we would take you at the very spot you committed the act and shoot you so that others learn.”
The Nigerian army has for years now been fighting Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram that continue to terrorise the West African nation.